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May Health Challenge – An Early Update!

Hey, remember that time I started doing the May Health Challenge? Well, I’m on day 5 of 30 and so far, so good! I’ve eaten something for breakfast every single day1 and I’ve done some form of physical activity (in addition to my regular walking to the store/taking the stairs instead of the elevator when I can2) every day. And just for good measure, I’m eating celery sticks as I write this!

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Eating celery. Ever so healthy!

Now, because anything worth doing is worth putting in a spreadsheet3, and because it makes me feel more accountable to be reporting out on, I give you this link to my spreadsheet where I’m tracking this stuff: May Health Challenge spreadsheet.

Also, since it’s only 5 days in and I’m struggling to come up with creative ideas for physical activity on days when I don’t have time to go out and run 5 km or go for a bike ride – and because the equipment in the exercise room in my building inexplicably has been pushed to one side and covered in plastic (as if they are going to renovate the room, but there’s been no notice put up about what’s going on) – I came up with the brilliant idea that I should resurrect my goal of doing the 200 sit up program 4! I could have sworn this was on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, and I was all prepared to be all “look at me, I’m killing two birds with one stone5, but I just checked that list and it isn’t there. At any rate, I just downloaded the “200 situps” iPhone app, so that pretty much guarantees that I’ll do it, right?

  1. Not necessarily the *most* healthy breakfast every day, but nothing too terrible. []
  2. The stairs in my building are locked up like it’s freaking Fort Knox, so I can only take the stairs from my parking garage level to the main lobby. So annoying, because I would really like to be able to walk up the 6 flights of stairs to get to my place every day instead of taking the elevator! []
  3. Note to Dr. Dan: “Anything worth doing is worth putting in a spreadsheet” totally needs to go on a shirt []
  4. As I’m already doing pushups as my anti-procrastination mechanism []
  5. where “May Health Challenge” and “knocking an item off my 101 list” = the two birds []

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Look At That, I Still Suck At Pushups

OK, so I have a confession to make. I’m a total, complete, absolute, 100% deliquent when it comes to my pushup/situp/squat challenge.  Week 1 went fine, but then week 2 was a total bust, as I went to New Brunswick for a few days and didn’t seem to be able to find the time for the exercises while traveling.  It’s a pretty weak excuse, I’ll admit, as it doesn’t take that long (less than 30 minutes to complete all the reps of all three exercises on each of three days in a week) and it doesn’t require any equipment, but I only managed to do it one of the days while I was away.  Then the next two weeks consists of equal suckatude – I did exercise twice one week and not at all this past week.  But now it’s time to turn down the suck and turn up the not sucking.

I did another set of exhaustion tests, just to see where I’d rank, but I’m going to start week 2 over again, since I’ve yet to fully complete week 2.  Fourth time’s a charm, right?

For the record, my exhuastion test results from yesterday were as follows:

  • squats – did 201, nearly doubly my previous exhaustion test of 105 [and anything above 41 is considered “excellent”].  Guess I don’t actually need to complete the rest of the get to 200 challenge, eh?
  • sit ups – with 56, more than double my previous 23, I jump from the “poor” to the “very good” range
  • pushups – 10, up from my pathetic, pathetic 4, steps me up to rank “2”  from “1” (where a rank of “1” is the “are you sure you really want to do this?” range and a rank of “2” is low end of “where people normally start”]

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100 Pushup/200 Sit Up/200 Squat Challenge

You pathetic maggots!   (Explore) by The mofoJT.

So, you know how every once in a while I get some cockamamie idea, like running 21.1 km or climbing up a mountain?  This is one of those.

I first heard about this 100 pushup/200 situp/200 squat challenge from Dan on our Grouse Grind and maybe it was the lack of oxygen to my brain at the time, but I said, “that sounds like a good idea! “

The idea is that by the end of a three-day per week, six-week program, you will be able to do 100 pushups/200 situps/200 squats. In a row.

Before you start the program, you have to do an “exhaustion test” – as in, you do the exercise until you can’t do the exercise anymore.  It’s meant to gauge your ability at the start to put you on the right workout schedule.  Sounds like fun, right?

So I did my exhaustion tests this weekend.  I think they show that I’m a runner:

  • squats – 105 [anything above 41 is considered “excellent”]
  • sit ups – a sad, sad little 23 [in the “poor” range of 0-37. But it’s like “upper poor”]
  • pushups – a pathetic, pathetic 4 [in the “are you sure you really want to do this?” range. *sigh*]

And that’s where I am starting out.  And today is my first day of training!  Feel free to play along at home!

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“You pathetic maggots,” originally posted on Flickr by The mofoJT